Hotel at a Glance: Melvindale Inn and Suites
Decorated in rich gold tones and mahogany accents, Melvindale Inn and Suites is a romantic hideaway 10 miles from downtown Detroit. To up the romance factor, this getaway comes with chocolates, roses, and a bottle of champagne, which you can sip in the jetted tub of your king suite.
- A hearty breakfast of piping-hot waffles, fresh fruit, and other snacks awaits you in the morning—and it’s on the house.
- Go for a swim in the heated indoor pool. There’s also a sauna and a hot tub for added relaxation.
- Stay connected with free WiFi access throughout the inn.
- Retail therapy: Gap, Old Navy, and Barnes & Noble are just a few of the shops at Fairlane Green, a five-minute drive from the hotel.
Detroit: World-Class Museums and Revitalization Projects in the Motor City
The Motor City has certainly seen better days, but if you’re willing to look, you can still find a lot of worthwhile things to do and see. The downtown area has many top-flight cultural institutions and museums, and an influx of young people and artists are working to revitalize the city.
The 658,000-square-foot Detroit Institute of Arts, located downtown, comprises 100 galleries, an auditorium, a lecture hall, and a reference library. Among its vast collection: a dragon-tile relief from the Ishtar Gate of Babylon and a self-portrait of Vincent van Gogh. One of the city’s most fascinating art displays can’t be found at a museum or gallery. Tyree Guyton’s The Heidelberg Project is two blocks of once-decrepit houses that have been transformed into an open-air art installation, with colorful sculptures made out of discarded items including stuffed animals, vinyl records, old shoes, and scrap metal.
For a taste of Detroit’s glory days, head to the Motown Museum, located in the same two-story house where Stevie Wonder, the Supremes, the Jackson 5, and other music legends recorded some of their most enduring work. In one of the studios, you can see a giant divot in the wooden floor where producers and sound technicians tapped their feet to the music as it was recorded.
Greektown—located northeast of downtown—is a quirky neighborhood that has stuck to its immigrant roots. Along Monroe Street, you’ll find buildings that pay tribute to the Parthenon and mythical figures, and Greek music plays outdoors next to themed eateries.